Lots of Tropical Activity

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This is a composite view from five different geostationary satellites (that is why the pole is blacked out – a satellite over the equator can’t see the poles). ¬†That is one reason why we have to maintain the polar orbiting satellites and can’t just rely on a couple of geostationary views. ¬†Unfortunately, the POES program along with other earth observation satellites we depend on for weather and environmental observations are aging, and the replacements are underfunded and behind schedule.